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The Roosevelt Island Tramway

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Best kept secret, metro card excepted

Wow, wow, wow! This activity is the best kept secret in Manhattan. We visited NYC for eight days... read more

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NYC useful attraction only with METROCARD!

Honestly I did not know about this so called tramway (for me it is cable car!). Friend of mind told... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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59th Street and Second Avenue, Mid town, New York City, NY 10022
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wow, wow, wow! This activity is the best kept secret in Manhattan. We visited NYC for eight days with friends and opted for the seven day metro card at $32 it was one of the best purchases we made. It meant we could use it...More

Thank MaddieH3663
Reviewed 2 days ago

Honestly I did not know about this so called tramway (for me it is cable car!). Friend of mind told me about it. And I am so grateful for this info. If you have chance, USE IT! great view, and different point of view of...More

Thank chris n
Reviewed 3 days ago

This ride is included in your MetroCard, so use it. Please notice that if you buy a single ticket, you are not allowed to transfer back with Tramway - you need to take the metro. With MetroCard, you can of course travel also back.

Thank DjJassu
Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably the ONLY way to realistically ride your way around NYC is by metro and the subway is dirty, grimy, stinky, just overall nasty. This tramway uses the Metrocard (great for tourists and locals). A short climb up the tower, if you are coming from...More

Thank StoneFist
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you don't like heights you may want to avoid this. It is a large cable car which goes high above the East River, giving great views especially of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. Contrary to what I've read elsewhere, you CAN use your MTA...More

Thank RichardA3246
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For the price of a Subway ride or on your MTA card get some great views of Manhattan and the river. Just 1 block behind Bloomingdale store. Nothing much to do on Roosevelt Island a couple of restaurants and a nice looking mini Mart.

1  Thank yogachef
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great way to get a view of Manhattan at night for just the cost of a subway ride. Looking south, there is a spot where you can see the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building together. Take your photograph there.

Thank TomM1951
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ver good service, fast considering there was a lot of people. Comfortable also. I have already recommended it to my brothers who live in NY and never gone. Fun to do with kids!

Thank Maria Helena B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visit Bloomingdales & Dylan’s Candy Bar and then head to the tram for a short ride, with big sights. Round Rio about 20 minutes ( you can use your metro card too)!

1  Thank lablife46
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to do something different since it was our first time in the city with our son. The tramway was quick, not expense and fun. It took us to Roosevelt island, which was a nice place to walk around. It was quiet and almost...More

Thank bheatley
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May 16, 2018|
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Response from Brianimated | Reviewed this property |
There is street parking near the Tramway station. I would imagine that there is a parking garage or parking lot in the vicinity considering its relative proximity to the United Nations.
March 18, 2018|
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Response from Elaine P | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can as it is part of the Metro system. Enjoy - lovely views
March 18, 2018|
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